Children's Emergent Literacy

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This book examines emergent literacy as the foundations for language instruction and seeks to relate the work of those doing research on literacy acquisition and those designing programs to facilitate children's literacy development. It bridges theory and practice, looking at both cognitive processes and settings in which children first experience literacy.

With contributions by leading researchers in the field, the book examines emergent literacy in nonliterate homes; oral language supports; parent-child reading; literacy and working class families; literacy from a developmental perspective; parental involvement; and collaborative efforts of teachers and parents. An essential collection for all research and education in the language arts methods area. Will also appeal to educators involved in reading instruction and parent-education.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275945893
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/1994
  • Pages: 414
  • Lexile: 1340L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Meet the Author

DAVID F. LANCY is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Anthropology at Utah State University.

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Table of Contents

Tables and Figures
1 The Conditions that Support Emergent Literacy 1
2 Early Literacy From a Developmental Perspective 21
3 Not by Print Alone: Oral Language Supports for Early Literacy Development 29
4 Nonliterate Homes and Emergent Literacy 41
5 Parents' Interactions with Beginning Readers 53
6 Helping Parents Help Their Children: Early Language Stimulation in the Child's Home 79
7 A Microgenetic Study of Cognitive Reorganization During the Transition to Conventional Literacy 93
8 Stimulating/Simulating Environments That Support Emergent Literacy 127
9 Too Little, Too Late: A Case Study of "Running Start" 157
10 Discriminating Between the Disadvantaged: Adjusting to Family Differences 169
11 Parents and Children Sharing Literacy 193
12 The Even Start Initiative 217
13 It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child: Supplementing Instruction for "At-Risk" Kindergarten Students 237
14 Play Settings as Literacy Environments: Their Effects on Children's Literacy Behaviors 251
15 "Goin' to Grandma's House": Using Instructional Conversation to Promote Literacy and Reduce Resistance in Minority Children 265
16 Three Different Early Literacy Programs and Their Effect on Inner-City Kindergartners' Emerging Sense of Story 285
17 Reading Recovery: Teaching Through Conversation 309
18 Designing a Collaborative Model of Family Involvement in Literacy: Researchers, Teachers, and Parents Work Together 325
Bibliography 341
Index 377
About the Contributors 381
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